Kinda funny that I was writing this up - a topic about power outages - and was just about done when the power went out again. XP Usually when we get power outages here, it's due to really violent wind or snow storms - anything that can knock down powerlines or power poles. Today however, on this beautiful sunny spring morning, the power for pretty well the entire Eastern part of the island went out due to a fire at one of the main electrical centres in the area. Schools had to shut down. Businesses closed up. And the roads were bloody insane. They were filled with vehicles, and NOBODY seemed to understand what they're supposed to do at a 4-way stop when the lights are out... Driving into work was freakin' scary >_> Yeah, that was the funny part. For some reason, pockets of power started coming back on around 11 AM or so (the power went out about 9:20). One area that received it was where I live. Another was the area where I work. The core of the city, however, still has no electricity... and apparently no backup power sources either, hence the traffic lights all being out. Good times. Assuming everyone around here has experienced power outages at some point in their lives: what are the usual causes, what's the longest you've ever been without power, etc.?